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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In 1982 Redhook was born in a converted transmission shop in the Ballard District outside of Seattle, WA. After 28 years of brewing, Redhook is paying homage to its roots by releasing Big Ballard Imperial IPA. Big Ballard has a rich, deep golden and a very assertive hop character that hits you in the nose before reaching your lips. The flavor and aroma are balanced with complex malty undertones. While it has a friendly side, make no mistake - Big Ballard is brewed for diehard IPA fans. Big Ballard pairs well with sausage, cured meats with ground mustard, spicy Mexican or Asian dishes, and barbeque . Available in the Western US year round in both 22 ounce bottles and on draught.

Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.6%
Malts: Munich
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Sterling, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Color SRM: 15
Bitterness Units: 73 IBU
Original Gravity: 18.2
Brewed Since: 2010

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3.4
halfonit (1366) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a lighter amber color with some cloudiness. Aroma definitely has hops present up front with orange peels, citrus, and malts. Flavor is pretty much the same. Leaves a citrus and hop finish.

3
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Purchased at the local QFC. Not that expensive, but if it’s poorly ranked, then that was too expensive. Diaphanous orange appearance with a SLIGHT brown hue. The head was fluffy at first, but now it’s a thin and wispy mess. Old orange pulp and sweet malt aromas coming through. This is a little too sweet, and lacks the hop profile I was, hopefully, expecting. It’s starting to show its orange aromas a lot more as it warms up. It’s like drinking orange juice with a subtle hop kick. The malt isn’t as sweet as I was expecting, but it’s still there. Alcohol is a bit warming, but not intrusive at all. Lots of orange flavor going on here. Shit, I’d consider this a fruit beer because of its orange juice-like qualities.

3.6
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22oz bottle from Windy City Liquors, I think. Up at Lake Jennings just outside of San Diego for a weekend of car camping with my fam and my brother’s fam. Refrteshing and crisp. Strong head and floral nose. Good clean smack finish. I do enjoy me some IIPAs.

4.6
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Really good pleasant surprise from Redhook. Very flavorful hoppy malty rich IPA. Beautiful orange hue that says I will taste delicious.

3.4
raphael (1256) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Hop aroma with a little more sweetness. malt with a hint of oranges, gets the citrus of the hop mixed with honeyed sweet, fine balance. clearest orange amber with modest off white head. sweet finish. like its too nice.

3.4
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle, thanks to dchmela. Pours a hazy bronze. Strong bitter hop aroma. Thin and watery, but still has a nice flavor. Not bad.

3.6
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
22oz bottle from BevMo in Pasadena. Pours a light amber with thick cream head that recedes to a thin ring. Aroma is crisp and bitter hops, very fresh and floral, some pine. Flavour is decent bitter hops, floral...but where is the malt? Finish is boozy and unrefined. Certainly hop forward but not as balanced as I would like. Decent.

3.1
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Draft at Woodinville. Pours a lightly hazed deep, almost dirty, honey golden with fluffy white head and nice sticky lacing. Grassy, grainy, malt...but mostly this reminds me of spent grain from a overly hopped ipa...smells dirty...where are the bright resinous hops? Mouth feel is a bit on the ’dusty’ side but carbonation is on. Lightly sweet and malty up front, but when the hops come in the transition is pretty sharp into a grassy hop flavor and then dry cracker and slight pepper. I don’t know what to really say about this, on one hand this is Redhook and the are trying a dipa, on the other hand this isn’t true to style really and is so one dimesional and light on the hops with the aroma really being a turn off. I hope they aren’t set on this recipe and that they try again.

3.2
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Golden piss yellow pour. Faint citrus hop aroma. A bit of bitterness and kinda a onr dimensional mess. Not bad, but hard to compete for the style

3.7
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bright amber hued straw body. Strong piney hop nose. Strong caramel malt character with a slight toasted bread component. Heavy resinous hops with strong citrus showing and a sharp grassy bite.


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